Saturday, April 22, 2006

John Scalzi's Weekend Assignment #108:Lesser-Known Art

"A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinion than anything else in the world."

-Edmond de Goncourt

Weekend Assignment #108: Show off (or link to) a lesser-known work from a favorite artist. Because there is more to Da Vinci than the Mona Lisa, and more to Van Gogh than Starry Night, I'm thinking of painters, but if you'd prefer to essay a lesser known book from a famous author, or song from a favorite musician, that works too.

Extra Credit: When was the last time you were in an art museum?

-John Scalzi (By The Way...)

What a nice Weekend Assignment to do, just back from my week off. A week that I spent, mind you, filling my life with art. I did some photography, so I have new photos for you, and I visited some public art displays here and there around the Bay Area. I am soooo ready to discuss art! I bet you already knew I was ready to discuss not just art or just any old artist, but indeed my very favorite artist, Claude Monet.

When you think of Monet, which of his works come to mind? "Houses Of Parliament," "Water Lilies," or maybe, "Tulip Fields In Holland?" All of those are lovely examples of his talent as an Impressionist painter, but for purposes of this particular entry, I will show an example of Claude Monet's etchings, "Eva Gonzales."

Eva Gonzales was a contemporary of Claude Monet, and the only formal student of Edouard Manet. She was born into a family that truly embraced the arts. Her father, Emmanuel, was a well known author and her mother was a musician. Eva Gonzales showed her work at Salon, but declined to have her paintings displayed at independent exhibitions. She died early in life, when she passed away during childbirth in 1883. She was only 34 years old.

Extra Credit: I haven't been in a museum in several years. Way too long. That is all about to change. There is a wonderful exhibit of Monet's works,"Monet In Normandy," due to begin at the,The Legion Of Honor, in San Francisco,in June and running through the middle of September of this year. Oh...I am soooo there! :)

"Eva Gonzales" By Claude Monet

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Peeking Inside The Door

"Rest when you are weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit...then get back to work."

-Ralph Marston

Hi All :)

No I am not back quite yet, I am just poking my head inside the blogroom door to say "hi" and let you know I haven't forgotten about this week's MadLibs game. I am extending the deadline to this coming Saturday, April 22nd, at 9:00 PM Eastern time. The winner will be announced on Sunday. Here is the link to this week's edition, feel free to enter more then once if you wish!

We are enjoying some awesome sunshine here in the East Bay, after setting records for rainfall for this spring, March specifically. I am finally feeling like going on some photo jaunts, and I am finding some incredible sights and sounds. I will be showing you some wonderful new photographs beginning next week, so be sure to come back and have a look see.

Ok, I am now off to do some research, and edit some new pictures, See ya soon!

"Lunch Companions"
San Mateo, California
April 19th, 2006
Early Afternoon

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Remembering Pam

"When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that, in truth, you are weeping for that which has been your delight."

-Kahlil Gibran

I just reread the email from Nancy, Pam's sister, that said we lost our dear friend today. I am so very sad about that. Pam was my friend, someone I had come to like and love and appreciate very much. She is someone I will NEVER forget. She was someone who cared about people she met, people she hadn't met, and the animals she took such good care of. She had a beautiful heart and soul. I can't even begin to articulate about the hole that her passing will leave in my heart, but I can say that the love and friendship she gave me will always serve as a most gentle reminder of what a gift friendship is. Pam...darlin...I will miss you.

Love, Carly

NOTE: I will be taking a few days off from updating my blog. See everyone soon.

"At Peace"
Southern Marin County
Autumn, 2005
Early Evening

Happy Easter

"On Easter Day, the veil between time & eternity thins to gossamer."

-Douglas Horton

"Lily Life"
San Ramon, California
Spring, 2005